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Regulator, NSA join forces on cybersecurity in Nigerian telecoms industry

Regulator, NSA join forces on cybersecurity in Nigerian telecoms industry
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The telecoms regulator says it has joined forces with the office of the National Security Adviser to address cybersecurity responses for the Nigerian telecoms industry.

Under the plan, Nigerian Communications Commission has set up its Computer Security Incidence Response Team (CSIRT), which the telecoms regulator says will “provide its constituency with services and support surrounding the prevention and management of potential cybersecurity-related emergencies.”

The NCC CSIRT “will be to responding to computer security incidents to regain control and minimize damage, providing or assisting with effective incident response and recovery and inhibiting computer security incidents”, according to the telecoms regulator.

The NCC CSIRT Team will collaborate with the National CSIRT (ngCERT) at the office of the National Security Adviser, which functions as the internet sentry for Nigeria. 

Government says the ngCERT that was set up to reduce the volume of future incidents also helps to “manage the risks of cyber threats in Nigeria’s cyberspace and effectively coordinate incident response and mitigation strategies to proactively prevent cyber-attacks against Nigeria.”

Government says the online watchman, ngCERT, which was envisioned to “achieve a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace in Nigeria” was established “to prepare, protect, and secure the Nigerian cyberspace in anticipation of attacks, problems, or events.

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